When I first heard that Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne were doing a book on Red Letter Christianity, I was pretty excited. I have a great deal of respect for both men, and while I don’t always agree with either, I think their prophetic voice in the church is beyond any reasonable dispute. So I actively sought a review copy of the book, and the … Continue reading Book Review — Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo
UPDATE: I have deleted the original post and comments with which this tag is associated. Those who have previously read it, or those who come here through an archived search, will know that in it I alleged that an evangelist from the 70s by the name of Dick Joyce was a false prophet. I made this allegation on the basis of a very-specific prophecy Dick … Continue reading My experience with a (false?) prophet
No, that word “inclusive” does not mean what you (probably) think it means…not this time, anyway. The following has nothing to do with the gender of language, gender of leaders, sexual preference of anybody, or any of the other popular uses of the term. I have been thinking, lately, of how exclusive the choice of “worship” focus, language, and music often are. As with so … Continue reading Towards more inclusive “worship”
Brian McLaren has recently come out with three little fiction e-books: The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals, The Word of the Lord to Republicans, and The Word of the Lord to Democrats. I heartily and without reservation recommend The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals to everyone who reads this blog. It’s a wonderful little parable in which we follow Wheaton College student Wendy … Continue reading Book Recommendation: The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals (Brian McLaren)
The following is a guest post by my father, Aaron Martin, who just returned from a project installing a windmill to bring water to a village of displaced people in Papua New Guinea. For more information about the “Model Village” project in PNG, please see the website of my brother Dave’s company M-CAM. Dad’s account covers a lot of ground. I hope you enjoy it … Continue reading Many cups of water…A Tale from Papua New Guinea
This afternoon as I was driving my son to McDonald’s I turned on one of the local classic rock stations, that was doing a “Retro Weekend.” Of course I’m just old enough to find it weird that the songs they’re classifying as “retro” came out after I was married, but I guess I’m just not young any more…anyway, I got caught short by a song … Continue reading Surprised on the Radio – What if God Was One of Us?
The geniuses of the legislature in my newly-adopted home state are proving their brilliance once again with regard to the Ten Commandments as a source of American law. A bill has just passed our Assembly (unanimously, no less) and is now headed for the Senate, to make sure the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display can be posted, not only in judicial buildings and … Continue reading The Ten Commandments a Source of American Law…REALLY???
The concept and ideas around heaven is one of things that has been hijacked and subverted from its original understanding. I once heard N.T Wright eloquently say it like this: “heaven is great but its not the end of the world.” Unfortunately most Christians believe that heaven is simply a destination and that death then heaven is what eternal life means. Of course there is … Continue reading Heaven is not a Destination but a Way of Life
This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the motto of the United States. I’m sure the purpose of such a resolution, which changes nothing and has no force of law, is mainly to get an election-year vote on the books reaffirming the difference between “God’s Own Party” and the godless Democrats. But with full … Continue reading In God We Trust…REALLY???
This sign says it all. My heart grieves because of this sign. Not because of the content but because of the spirit behind it. I look at this sign and shake my head in disgust. I am not disgusted however at the sign or the people behind the sign, I am disgusted with christians. Christians have let this world down. This sign proves it. The … Continue reading Religion is Like A Penis